Missouri was once considered a major political bellwether: Its voters backed every presidential winner but one from 1904 to 2004. In the last 40 years, it has had four Republican governors and five Democratic ones, and other state offices have seen similar splits. But in the last several years, the longtime purple state has started to turn a light shade of red.
There are now just two statewide Democratic officials, and one of them — Sen. Claire McCaskill — is in the midst of a hard re-election race against challenger Josh Hawley, the state’s attorney general. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson (@jeremyhobson) reports on Missouri’s political past and what’s driving its apparent change.
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